Psychosocial Support at Rafa Nadal Foundation Centers

Exploring Emotions with Dixit Cards: A Tool for Psychological Interventions at CFRN

At the Rafa Nadal Foundation Centers, our working system is based on providing individualized and personalized attention to children and their families, addressing a variety of needs and issues. This methodology is structured around three intervention areas: Sports, Education, and Psychosocial.


Within the psychosocial realm, we offer support to the children and adolescents we serve. We are constantly seeking innovative ways to reach them, providing the necessary tools to explore and understand their emotions. One tool we have found particularly effective is the use of Dixit cards in our sessions.

What are Dixit Cards?

Dixit cards are a creative tool designed to stimulate imagination and communication. They consist of a set of cards illustrated with evocative and abstract images. Each card is a work of art in itself, designed to provoke different interpretations and emotions in those who view them.

How are They Used in Our Sessions?

Our psychologists have incorporated Dixit cards as part of their psychological interventions at the Rafael Nadal Foundation Centers. Instead of simply asking children and adolescents to talk about their emotions directly, we use these cards as a projective tool.

During the sessions, each participant is shown a series of Dixit cards. They are encouraged to choose a card that catches their attention or evokes a particular emotion. From there, they are invited to share what they see in the card, what emotions it evokes, and how it relates to their own experience.

For example, if a child chooses a card with an image of a bird flying towards the horizon, they may interpret it as a feeling of freedom or a desire to escape. Through this interpretation, the child can begin to explore their own emotions in a safe way.

Benefits of Dixit Cards in Psychological Interventions

The use of Dixit cards in our psychological sessions has demonstrated several significant benefits:

  1. Stimulate Imagination: The abstract and evocative images of Dixit cards encourage participants to let their imaginations run wild. This allows them to explore their emotions in a creative and unstructured way.
  2. Facilitate Communication: For many children and adolescents, expressing their emotions can be difficult. Dixit cards provide a safe and non-threatening starting point for opening up and sharing their feelings.
  3. Encourage Reflection: By examining the images on Dixit cards and relating them to their own experiences, participants can reflect on their emotions and thoughts in a deeper and more meaningful way.
  4. Promote Empathy: By sharing their interpretations of Dixit cards, participants can also develop empathy towards others by understanding different perspectives and experiences.
  5. Increase Self-awareness: By exploring the emotions represented in Dixit cards, participants can increase their self-awareness and understanding, which can be crucial for personal growth and emotional development.

At the Rafa Nadal Foundation, we are committed to providing innovative and effective psychological interventions that support the emotional and mental well-being of the children and adolescents we serve. The use of Dixit cards in our sessions has proven to be another tool to foster emotional expression, communication, and self-awareness.

By incorporating creativity and emotional exploration into our interventions, we are empowering young people to understand and manage their emotions in a healthy way.

We believe that by providing a safe and supportive space for this exploration, we are helping to build a brighter and emotionally healthier future for generations to come.

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